• Treatment

    Artificial tears (a lubricant) may relieve dryness and keep the cornea lubricated. Surgery to tighten the muscles that hold the eyelids in place is usually effective. It may be performed as outpatient surgery with local anesthesia.

    Support Groups

    Expectations (prognosis)

    The outcome is expected to be good with treatment.


    Corneal dryness and irritation may lead to:

    • Corneal abrasions
    • Corneal ulcers
    • Eye infections

    Corneal ulcers can threaten vision.

    Calling your health care provider

    Call for an appointment with your health care provider if you develop symptoms of ectropion.

    If you have ectropion, get medical attention if you experience the following emergency symptoms:

    • Decreasing vision
    • Pain
    • Light sensitivity
    • Rapidly increasing redness